Yesterday we saw the first photos of actress Megan Fox in character as reporter April O’Neil on the NYC set of the upcoming film adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Today we get to see photos of the actual turtle actors on set filming new scenes and as you can see below, they were “in character” … sorta. Actors Jeremy Howard (Donatello), Noel Fisher (Michelangelo) and Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) were spotted on set in full motion-capture suits that will allow digital animators to turn the into CGI Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in post production. Click below to see the fun photos.
Curiously, the fourth turtle actor Alan Ritchson (Raphael) was absent from this day of filming. As you can see in the photos above, Donatello, Michelangelo and Leonardo appear to be restrained by shackles … so it seems like in this part of the movie, they need to be rescued by Raphael in scenes that have yet to be filmed. Altho this information, which is purely speculation, might be a bit spoilery I don’t think it will really take away from the enjoyment of the film … that is, if the film turns out to be an enjoyable experience. As I’ve said all along, I’m not a big fan of Michael Bay films so I’m worried about this film. That said, I am impressed that they are using Avatar-like technology to animate the TMNT characters in this movie so … I’m reserving judgement. While it’s kind of neat to see the actors wearing these motion-capture suits, part of me yearns for the days when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wore big rubber suits: